New Indiana legislation

Several New Laws in Effect in Indiana as of July 1, 2016

The beginning of July brings more than just summer cookouts, high temperatures and exploding fireworks. For the state of Indiana, July 1 marked the day when several new laws went into effect state-wide—many that have the capability of affecting the everyday lives of many Hoosiers.

Here’s a breakdown of the new laws and what they mean for Hoosiers across the state:

  1. Teacher background checks – Though many school districts throughout the state already conduct background checks on teachers and employees, this new Indiana law now makes it a requirement that all school districts make background checks against a national registry.
  1. Sunday alcohol sales at artisan distilleries – Indiana’s long-standing ban that restricted Hoosiers from purchasing alcohol from groceries and liquor stores still stands, but artisan distilleries are now allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Wineries and craft breweries have been permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays since the 1980s and 2010, respectively, and now the few dozen artisan distilleries in the state—which are well-known tourist attractions—can join the ranks.
  1. Alcohol permits at Indiana state parks – As of July 1, the Department of Natural Resources can apply for three-way alcohol permits, which allow visitors to drink while on state park property. Though many state parks reside in counties where this notion wouldn’t be approved by the county alcoholic beverage boards, the DNR can bypass board approval and apply for one on its own.
  1. Action following car and motorcycle crashes – Individuals in car or motorcycle crashes are now required to move their vehicles as soon as safely possible off of the road, onto a safe site and as close to the crash scene as they can get. Exceptions to this new law include if the crash results in injury, entrapment or death of a person, or if a vehicle involved is carrying hazardous material.
  1. Footage from police body cameras – Individuals who are depicted in footage obtained by a police officer’s body camera—or the family members of the individual, if deceased—may now view the footage twice. Though law enforcement agencies can refuse public distribution of the footage for several reasons, including if it could jeopardize an individual’s safety or it could interfere with an investigation, the individual requesting the footage will have the right to challenge the refusal in court.
  1. Pseudoephedrine and pharmacy sales – Pharmacists are now allowed to limit quantities of the popular cold medicine pseudoephedrine to unfamiliar customers who don’t have a prescription. A common ingredient in methamphetamine, legislators hope this will allow the Hoosier state to take a step in the right direction to curb the prevalence of the illegal drug throughout the state.

As many Hoosiers become acquainted with the new state laws, Attorney Matt Tandy can answer any questions pertaining to these new rulings. Contact us today to get the advice you need to remain up-to-date and aware of the many legislative changes that can affect you.

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